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Second-hand software – but don’t forget your license!

It’s all in the name... SoftCorner, based in France, is at CeBIT 2016 to show that easy access to used software is just round the corner – license and services included!

10 Mar. 2016

EU-wide trading platform SoftCorner is at CeBIT to demonstrate the potential of buying and selling used software as a key element in software asset management. In fact, studies conducted by the French industrial association Cigref indicate that sales of used software in Europe are languishing at eight-figure levels - whereas the total market value of secondary software is estimated at some 5 billion euros. What's more, the legal situation has now been quite clear for some time, following a ruling by the European Court of Justice on 3 July 2012 that ended the uncertainty that had previously held many companies back from buying used software.

Launched by a group of young web and IT companies in 2014, SoftCorner is a platform that businesses can use to buy and sell unused software licenses in line with their current requirements. SoftCorner kick-starts this process by assuming responsibility for checking all the relevant information and establishing trust between buyers and sellers. Once two companies decide they want to go ahead with a purchase contract, SoftCorner provides all the legal documents for the transfer so that the buyer can activate the software in question. If required, SoftCorner can also facilitate contact with consulting companies, service providers and distributors to help support the relevant business partners both before and after the transaction is completed. There is no charge for this service - and it is also free to register and post offers. Costs are only incurred when a deal is sealed.

SoftCorner SAS (93400 St. Ouen, France), Hall 11, Stand D37/1, Topic: CeBIT SCALE11